Développement sain et résilience des jeunes

Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens- Junior 1 | Concours 2012-2013

Anne Andermann

Université McGill


Domaine :Santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents 

Child labour is an important health and social problem affecting an estimated 215 million children worldwide, of which over half work in particularly hazardous conditions. While there exists a large arsenal of strategies for tackling child labour, a major gap involves interventions that engage the health system in supporting children and families in need. The goal of this research is therefore to promote healthy youth development and reduce health inequities in low and middle-income countries by developing an affordable toolkit to assist frontline health workers in recognizing and documenting the negative health impacts associated with hazardous child labour, to provide outreach and support to children harmed by work or at risk of harm, and to mobilize larger social and policy change. The development and testing of the toolkit will involve a 3-step process. First, participatory research will be used to develop the toolkit, a consensus of experts will be used to finalize a draft of the toolkit and a quasi-experimental study will be used to test the efficacy of the toolkit in changing attitudes, promoting supportive environments for healthy youth development, and reducing rates of child labour and harm due to work. Developing and testing the toolkit across different contexts in Bangladesh, Brazil, Niger and Pakistan is intended to ensure that this is not just another single-country demonstration project that never gets scaled up globally. As well, high level national policy makers in each of the 4 countries and observers from the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization have been involved from the outset so that the child labour and health equity toolkit can be mainstreamed and integrated within existing health care services to be able to make an impact on improving the health and safety of children around the world.